Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Palette Hybrid Ink

I finally bought some Palette Hybrid Inks to test out, and am now wondering why I held out so long. I have long been frustrated with the inconsistency of ink coverage on clear stamps. It seems each company works better with a different kind of ink - but I wanted something that works on EVERYTHING! Everybody has a different theory for the best way to get a good impression with clear stamps, but most of them include using chalk or craft inks. While these inks usually do provide better impressions than dye inks with most clear stamps they are MESSY! You almost have to have a separate stamp scrubber just for chalk and craft inks because they turn the entire pad whatever color you're using. So uncool, if you ask me. So I've read a few reviews from people that like the Palette Hybrid ink and I was extremely skeptical. After all, I've got all the SU! dye inks, several of the craft pads, a drawer full of Colorbox Fluid Chalk cat's eyes and another drawer full of VersaMagic chalk dew drops - did I really need to invest in yet ANOTHER type of inkpad that would just leave me frustrated? Well, the answer is a resounding, YES! I found some packs of little Palette cubes ( 4 in a set - each the size of stampin' spots) and thought I might as well try it out.

Not only does the Palette ink work awesome with both clear and rubber stamps, with super even coverage, it cleans up like a dream! No more gross chalky scrub pads to clean! Yay! The litmus test to cure my skepticism was when I pulled out my Fancy Pants stamps. Of all the acrylic stamp companies, they seem to be the absolute worst to get even coverage or even accept the ink at all. Such a pity, since their stamps are so beautiful! Well, I got perfect impressions the first time with the Palette and I'm just so excited! Woohoo!
So today's card is the result of my test. Made with the new Fancy Pants set and Landscape Palette Hybrid ink, I just love how this card came together. I stamped the swirly flower stamp and trimmed around one side of it, cutting out one piece. Next I stamped the border stamp down the side and sponged lightly with Blush Blossom ink. Next I layered on a piece of Old Olive cardstock that I randomly stamped with another floral swirl stamp from the set and tied a black velvet ribbon around it. The sentiment is Penny Black and I inked part of the sentiment with black ink and part with Landscape and then punched out with a Scallop Rectangle punch. I then punched holes in the four corners and layered onto a black cardstock punch to give it a little more weight and a contrasting color behind. To finish, I added some sparkle with Stardust Stickles, a little doodling around the edges of the rectangle and glued the whole thing to a black card base. What do ya think? Have any of you used the Palette Hybrid inks?
In other news, my Cosmo bead card from Saturday won the Caardvarks micro challenge this weekend! Woohoo! Lots of great challenges and cards in their galleries - and congrats to Amy W., one of their newest Design Team members! Yay Amy! You go girl!

34 comments:

Christi said...

This card is georgeous!! I love the colors and all the swirls. Awesome!!

Julie Campbell said...

This is SO pretty! I love that shade of green and the sentiment has a great font. Such eye candy! :)

Laura said...

Hi Julee,
I had a chance to use these in a class I took at CHA in 2006. I absolutely loved them- the colors were fantastic, and even though I used them on rubber, I noticed that they stampped beautifully. Like you, I really thought I just didn't need yet another ink, but now you have me sold-lol! Knowing they work so well on acrylics is great- thanks for the info!

Laura said...

Oh- I forgot to mention how beautiful your card is- love it!!

CherylQuilts said...

It's totally gorgeous! I love everything about it. Interesting to read about the hybrid inks. Appreciate your insight.

Amy said...

I knew the minute I saw your bead card this weekend that you would WIN that challenge, hands down! It was BEAUTIFUL. And can I just say this card is amazing too? I love the colors and the layout is so original. Awesome job as usual!

Hugs,
Amy

colleen said...

Sounds like I need to buy some Hybrid inks....your card is gorgeous!

Dana said...

I too adore hybrid inks, and this card really does them justice Julee. So pretty. Greens are my favorite to work with. I've only ever had trouble with clear stamps and ink when using Fancy pants, and I own clear stamps from 6 different companies. But I don't care for SU inkpads, so I rarely use the 4 I have on any stamps. I've used Ranger and Memories and Impress and Hero arts dye ink on clear stamps with no problems at all. I do like hybrid though for it's softer look!

Congrats on your winning card too!

Jenn D said...

This card is gorgeous! I guess I'll have to get some of that ink. I have been looking at it but still haven't invested. Thanks for the review.

mustangsarah said...

Your card is so beautiful.
You do justsuch awesome work and I love clicking on your blog everyday to see what new you have come up with.
You Rock!!

Vicki said...

Love the greens on this! :)

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Michelle said...

Beautiful card! Love the layout. I haven't tried the hybrid inks, but I do have a hard time getting good ink coverage on some of my clear stamps. Thanks for the good info!

Heather P. said...

Oh, this is just INCREDIBLE! Love everything about this!! :)

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Thank you for your finds! I too was frustrated with clear stamps not getting all the coverage. i will now try out some of these inks...Love this card and the little birdie one for Beates challenge. Have a great week. I will see if I can get your Monday Mojo card challenge done! chris

Suni said...

That card is gorgeous! I love your samples, you are so talented. I'm so glad that there is another convert to Palette inks because I love them. I used to teach rubber stamping classes and Palette was my favorite line. A few neat facts about Palette you might already know: While it dries fast on card stock, it will stay wet long enough to emboss with on glossy, vellum, glass, metal, etc. Also once heat set Palette is permanent on anything, including fabric. I use it to make tote bags for friends and they are washable and everything. Palette also works really well for super detailed stamps, it is the same type of ink as Versafine, but not as expensive. Also, Palette isn't a solvent so it won't break down your stamps like Stazon will. Ok, I'll shut up now! Just love those inks and love your blog!

Toni said...

Palette inks rock! I love them! They even work good for water coloring. They stamp on almost any surface too.

Love your card btw! It's a great layout and I love the colors

Lisa said...

Congrats on winning the contest! That card totally rocked!

I like using the hybrid inks on the clear stamps. The other one I like is the CTMH ink... it was formulated specifically for the clear stamps and gives good coverage and cleans like "regular" ink.

Anonymous said...

soooo interesting today about the ink. I am so new at this that Im not in tune to all the different products, etc.

OK, so the INK itself is good but what do you think of the COLORS?? Do they have NICE colors or weird colors that don't match anything?

Great card...so many wonderful details!!
Squirrellyshirley

Heather Grow said...

Your card is so pretty and elegant. I love how you cut around the swirls to make a border.

Becky said...

I've heard a lot about the Palette inks, but haven't tried them yet! Can I ask where you got the Palette cubes? I wouldn't mind giving it a try if I can get the smaller spots!

amandavp said...

THanks for the ink tip, I'll have to try that one. Your card is awesome, thanks for sharing!

Princess Matilda said...

Whoa, this is amazing! Love the shades of green. Wow!

Anne Marie said...

Yes, congrats on the caardvarks challenge win! I saw your card & it's so cute! Love your review of Palette inks, thank you. Those new Fancy Pants stamp sets are so pretty ... I was excited to see you use it them in such a beautiful card!

Rose Ann said...

This is such a gorgeous card!

I have all of the Palette cubes, and a couple full size pads. I think they are really awesome!

malieta said...

Great card and congratulations on winning Caardvarks Bead Challenge!

Anonymous said...

I am a latecomer to the Palette inks, too. I love the richness, but they seem to poop out kinda fast if you do a lot of stamping. I need a reinker! :)

dasimonds said...

Love the GREENS...
Very pretty card.

lacyquilter said...

Congrats on your win. Your bead card is great.

And this card is awesome. Haven't tried the hybrid inks yet. Thanks for your insights.

Laura Roth said...

Since a gorgeous card! I love the colors!
Thanks for the review on Palette Hybrid Inks!!!!

beate said...

Wow, this is incredibly beautiful!

Bethany Paull said...

OMG this is gorgeous! I love how you cut along the floral design and the trim stamped on the left. And all in that GORGEOUS green.

Mary said...

This card is BEAUTIFULLLLL!!!! Love it! You are such a talent!

MintStamps said...

K, I'm a little behind, but I love this card. It's just beautiful. And after one final push, I think I'll add some hybrid inks to my order this week.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Beautiful card! I like the Palette inks also but don't have very many. How do they match SU's card stock? Do you have a list of what matches what? I'd like a copy!! =)